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Why Are Mental Disorders Increasing?

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 12:54 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the early 1950s, the majority of severely depressed people were inpatients in psychiatric hospitals. There were only 355,000 such patients in the entire United States of America.

Then, in 1954, the FDA approved the first psychotropic drug, chlorpromazine (which was marketed under the brand name Thorazine). This event emptied psychiatric hospitals of a large percentage of their patients.

Legislation in the 1960s put even more patients on the streets. Today, most depression sufferers are treated in clinics and private offices of psychiatrists rather than being treated in psychiatric facilities.

In 1987, the FDA approved the drug Prozac, and since then a whole host of antidepressant medications have been brought to market. Since then, millions of people have taken these drugs for “depression.”

If we analyze mental disability payments made by the Social Security Administration, we see a 100 percent increase in depression-related disability claims over the same time period. And the problem is accelerating even faster today, especially among young people.

Dr. David Healy presents a compelling case that these drugs can cause mental abnormalities themselves. But I think something more is involved. There is evidence that inflammation — especially occurring early in life (even in the womb) — is at the root of many, if not all, mental disorders.

Many environmental toxins cause chronic inflammation of the brain, including exposure to:

• Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides

• Industrial chemicals

• Aluminum

• Fluoroaluminum

• Mercury

• Vaccines

Studies using both animals and humans have shown that immune stimulation during pregnancy dramatically increases the incidence of autism and schizophrenia in children.

In most cases this results from infections during pregnancy. But the infectious organism isn’t causing the problem. Rather, it is the immune reaction in the mother, which releases pro-inflammatory cytokines that enter the baby’s circulation through the placenta.

This inflames the baby’s brain and causes abnormal pathway development.

Despite proof of this mechanism, public health authorities and the American Academy of Pediatrics insist that pregnant women receive the flu vaccine during pregnancy. This is insane.

Because of this practice, I predict we will see a dramatic increase in autism and schizophrenia in the future. Of course, it will take at least five years for the autism to began to show up and as long as 15 to 20 years for schizophrenia — enough time for the vaccine promoters to deny a link.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created vaccine schedules that actually maximize this risk. Soon after birth, children are exposed to a series of vaccines every two months, with some 26 vaccines being administered by age 2. By the time they enroll in school, they will have had more than 40 vaccines.

The way the vaccine schedule is structured maximizes the danger. Children are given from 5 to 8 vaccines at a single office visit.

The fact that this exposure is repeated every two months for two years greatly intensifies the brain’s inflammation and makes the inflammation last for years after the vaccines. In neuroscience, we call this “priming of microglia.”

If this is true, then why are any children normal? There are many factors that determine risk, including diet, genetics, variation in exposure to the contributing environmental toxins, antioxidant networks, family structure (strong families are healthy families), and spiritual development.

For instance, a child whose mother ate a healthy diet with omega-3 fatty acids and plenty of vitamin D3, who avoided stress, and took a multivitamin during pregnancy would confer much less risk to her child than a mother who did the opposite — or who lived, for example, near an oil refinery.

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